Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-13
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. «•» « First baby of '99 takes her time — Page 3 I Trustees give up on suit — Page Amherst News-Time i Wednesday. January 13. 1999 Amherst, Ohio Baby, it's cold, and slippery... but we're warm to the challenge Even though the first blast of winter sent residents slipping and slidding,' most Amherstonians braved the frigid temperatures and met the last winter of the 20th Century head on. Officially, the Jan. 2-3 storm dumped a little more than six inches of snow on the area, but it wasn't a problem. The sleet and rain that fell afterward were a different story. Amherst police reported a dozen accidents over the four to five day period, a little more than normal but not a significant increase. Plow crews quickly disposed of another three inches of snow that fell Jan. 6 with no problem. Unfortunately, several people went skating without ice skates on their way to their cars or mailboxes. Amherst Hospital officials reported 10 people visited the emergency room where most were treated with broken wrists. A few sustained fractured arms or legs. Hardware and grocery stores in the area reported a run on salt by residents, who later learned they had wasted their money. Salt won't work below 17 degrees. For the future, city utilities superintendent Don Woodings recommended calcium chloride, which was used on city-owned sidewalks. It works by effectively 'rotting" the ice, causing it to become honeycombed to die point a solid shore of ice will break like glass when hit with a shovel, he explained. After the calcium chloride is spread, he advised waiting two or three hours before going to work on the ice. "It's like hitting glass with a hammer," Woodings explained. Icy sidewalks were one reason superintendent of schools Robert Boynton decided to give Amherst kids two extra days of holiday vacation Jan. 4-5. But it was mainly the frigid temperatures that closed schools. They dipped to -3 Jan. 4, the day kids were supposed to return to class. Because of the wind chill, which Water jug estimates were high A 750,000-gallon water tower to be built off Middle Ridge Road will cost the city about $200,000 less than originally catimattid. City council agreed Dec. 21 to appropriate $819,000 for a aew high tower to eliminate water pressure problems on the city's west side. The pressure fluctuations are caused by differences ia elevation between the northwest aad southwest sides of the city. The lower will be built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. (CBI), of Plainfield, HI. at a cost of $744X100. $2167)00 less than an engineer's estimate. A 10 percent contingency fund brings die cost to £819.000 Work is expected to begin in late 1W and i The water tower win be visible from the Ohio Turnpike aad wiB ba painted whits. Ths watar leak wil aave a gresa stripe paiatsd areaad ft with Amherst Comets ia fold aswasVtag. could have proved harmful to younger children, Boynton said he decided to keep the schools closed Jan. 5. With the help of the city, Boynton said he and school district buildings and grounds supervisor Kenneth Glowacki spent part of Jan. 3 making sure school parking lots and sidewalks were cleared of snow. He was ready to resume school on schedule Jan. 4 until the ice storm and frigid temperatures intervened on behalf of the kids. The icy conditions and cold temperature didn't stop the city utility or street crews. Every city snow truck and plow was pushed into service and city street crews worked rotating shifts to make sure the trucks were consistently in use, Woodings said. All 10 of the city's two and a half ton dump trucks with snow plows were put in use as were three smaller trucks with plows. About 75 tons of road salt were spread with a mixture of limestone grit, which is used to give motorists better traction on icy roads when temperatures fall into the teens. Even though the city has 125 tons left, Woodings said the city has received 150 tons more and another 150 tons was scheduled to arrive Jan. 11. Everything went smoothly until 5 pjn. Jan. 4 when a water line on Cleveland Avenue broke, a common occurrence in cold weather. It was the wind chill which dipped to -30 overnight that slowed repairs down. Workmen had to change their wet gloves and stop work several times to warm up, Woodings said. The job finally was completed shortly before 4 am. the following morning. "But overall, things went pretty smoothly. We started getting prepared for winter in November,'' he explained. It was just a lot colder start than we could ever have imagined." S'no doubt Dava Anderson shovels snow from his driveway, a task dozens of Amherstonians have found themselves doing over and over since Jan. 2. Sore and stiff backs have become a common malady, according to Amherst Hospital officials. should ba finished by the following summer. A device for adding a radk> so- tenna to the top of the tower will ba included. Mayor John Higgfcs taki it can be used to replace the city's existing radio tower if nnrrisary. The existing antenna is located in of city halL GoBBcil was caaed leto assess! ___,_[ saaaoa agato Dec. 22 toaTeek*mm b*alaHM|i a* oto's b«to ware behaved b*» *■*#*• aWissaBd of «* year, tatpatoei Residents moved from Nord facility after complaints by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Pressure from Hidden Valley neighbors has forced the W.O. Nord Mental Health Center to close a home for several mentally challenged women and put it up for sale. The women were quietly moved out of the home at 820 Deer Run Dr. two weeks ago following meetings with Antoni Sulikowski. Nod Center executive director, and placed in other Nord Center residential facilities. Oae of the neighbors, Daniel Orr, said Sulikowski aad his staff met with neighbors Dec. IS to CiBsBtn their raa- eariier this year. Sulikowski said me first to relieve from both the residents and Nord Center staff that prompted the dwritJon "Our primary interest is that our clients have a happy, safe, therapeutic and supportive place to live in," he added. "We feel there are more appropriate places, places with more elbow room for them." Rather than keep clients in the compact Hidden Valley neighborhood, Sulikowski said the Nord Center wants to purchase or lease a home ia SB aSatmamW taWUrBsW BBBVBsW Although a aew site has not been fhfffff. Sulikowski said the opposhaoa wil not prevent the Noed locating dim in the Am- arasseak for choosing the Ths dacBBoa to dose ssil ths duriag a Dae U . isaaaofsbair aad • IbbbsbI ajsi BBBl Want _ w . , Ha said ahsNonJ Caatsr leto ejeafW SjM) OavSttS TPftV Badh Mayb according to cops by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Amherst kids who get into trouble have a chance at rehabilitation through a police program created to keep them out of the juvenile justice system. Created nearly 10 years ago, the Juvenile Diversion Program offers first offenders the opportunity to work off traffic or minor criminal offenses in community service projects developed by the police department or, in a few cases, the city. Depending on the severity of the offense, it is an alternative for kids under 18 who have gone astray because of peer pressure, lack of family guidance or the urge to test authority. "We don't find innocence or guilt, but try to show kids where they went wrong, get them to admit their mistake and learn from it," patrolman Les Carrender said. "It gives kids an opportunity to set things right without having to face a judge or court authorities who pass judgement on them." It also keeps young offenders out of the court system and prevents them from having a criminal record. A parent accompanies their child to the police department where Carrender leads a discussion about why the offense was committed and lets them "see how things can be corrected so it doesn't happen again." Their punishment, or "pay back program" as Carrender calls it, usually is community service at the police department under his supervision or another officer's "Parents like it because it keeps them and their kids out of juvenile court and lets the child, not their parents, pay for what they've done," he explained. Conversely, it is the parents who pay fines imposed by juvenile court authorities, not the child or a teenager. Projects include washing and waxing police cars, lawn work around the police department or other jobs developed by Carrender or LL Lonnie Dillon, the program's director. In die past two years. Car- render has put some offenders to work during Pride Day, the city's annual spring cleanup snd fixup day. The service projects usually last four to eight hours, although some youths have put in as much as 16 hours, including those with minor drug infractions. But not all first-time offenders are accepted into the program. It is usually up to the arresting officer to recommend whether a juvenile should be placed ia the program, although the final say remains Dillon's and often depends on the severity of bat usually mmmiS sBShgMe aaWtBOB aad major thefts. Driving aad curfew violations for areas* Car* aha) CesSCBB into w5&wi* ■■m m.A..,
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-01-13|
|Date of Original||13-JAN-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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